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Mar 03

Tombstone Tuesday–John G.C. Geisler

John G.C. Geisler, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Van Wert County, Ohio. (2012 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of John G.C. Geisler, located in row 11 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

JOHN G. C.
Nov. 18, 1866
Jan. 7, 1916
Text: St. Mark, 13:35-37
GEISLER

Johann “John” George Conrad Geisler was born near Schumm, Ohio, on 18 November 1866, the son of Nicholas and Elisabeth (Stemler) Geisler. John was baptized 2 December 1866, with Georg Geisler and Conrad Baals serving as his sponsors.

The Nicholas Geisler family in 1870, living on their farm in Willshire Township: Nicholas, 38; Elisabeth, 41; George, 6; and John 4. [1] A daughter, Anna, was born into the family in the fall of 1870.

The Nicholas Geisler household in 1880, residing in Willshire Township: Nicholas, 49; Elisabeth, 50; George, 16; John, 13; and Anna J, 9. [2]

The Nicholas Geisler family in 1900: Nicholas, 66; Elisabeth, 72; George, 34; John, 32; and Anna, 30. Nicholas was a farmer and none of their 3 children were married. [3]  

The mother Elisabeth Geisler died May 12, 1905. [4]

The Nicholas Geisler household in 1910: Nicholas, 77; George, 46; John, 43; and Anna, 41. The two sons were farming the family farm by this time. [5]

The father Nicholas Geisler died in 1912. [6] It appears the three children remained on the family farm.

John G.C. Geisler died in Willshire Township on 7 January 1916 from Bright’s Disease, heart disease, and dropsy, which he had for several months. He was 49 years, 1 month, and 19 days old and was buried on the 9th. [7] John was a farmer and was survived by his brother and sister, George and Anna Geisler.

Nicholas and Elisabeth (Stemler) Geisler had the following children, according to Zion Schumm’s records:

George Johann Conrad (1864-1943)
Johann George Conrad (1866-1916)
Christoph (1869-1869)
Anna Johanna (1870-1934)

[1] 1870 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert Ohio, p.436B, dwelling 97, family 98, Nicholas Geisler; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/7163/ : viewed 17 Feb 2020).

[2] 1880 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 154, p.446C, family 56, N. Gaesler; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/6742/ : viewed 17 Feb 2020).

[3] 1900 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED98, dwelling 198, family 203, Nicklos Giessler;  (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/7602/ : viewed 17 Feb 2020).

[4] “Ohio, County Death Records, 1840-2001,” Willshire Township, Van Wert, Deaths, Vol. 3, p.85, Elizabeth Giessler, 12 May 1905; (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F6L3-N97 : viewed 17 Feb 2020).

[5] 1910 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 114, p.3B, dwelling & family 65, Nicholas Geisler; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/7884/ : viewed 17 Feb 2020).

[6] “Ohio, County Death Records, 1840-2001,” Willshire Township, Van Wert, Nicholas Geissler, 15 Feb 1912; (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-89ZY-T21G?i=88&cc=2128172&personaUrl=%2Fark%3A%2F61903%2F1%3A1%3AF6CF-L2Y : viewed 17 Feb 2020).

[7] “Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953,” Van Wert, John J Geisler, 7 Jan 1916; FamilySearch.org  (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33S7-9PK3-3L9J?i=2455&cc=1307272&personaUrl=%2Fark%3A%2F61903%2F1%3A1%3AX8FY-N46 : viewed 3 Mar 2020).

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